Sumary of The Latest: Belgium govt raises flood death toll to 20:
- The Latest on deadly flooding in Europe:BRUSSELS — Belgium’s government says the death toll from unprecedented flooding in parts of the country has risen to 20.Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said Friday that emergency workers were trying to locate another 20 people who remained missing.
- Prime Minister Alexander De Croo says Belgium will mark a day of national mourning Tuesday to reflect on “the great human loss.
- It will also be a moment to show solidarity, closeness and unity.”De Croo says festivities marking the country’s national holiday on July 21 also will be toned down, saying it comes at a time “when so many people will still be in an exceptionally difficult position.”German officials so far have reported 106 deaths in the floods that also ripped through some parts of Germany.___BRUSSELS — Just as the European Union was preparing drastic plans costing billions of euros to contain climate change, massive clouds were gathering over Germany and other EU nations to unleash an unprecedented storm that left death and destruction in its wake.
- Stefan Rahmstorf of the University of Potsdam, “some are so extreme that they would be virtually impossible without global warming, as recently in western North America.”Taking them all together, said Sir David King, Chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, “these are casualties of the climate crisis: we will only see these extreme weather events become more frequent.” ___BRUSSELS — Belgium’s interior minister says the official death toll of flash flooding in the country’s east has gone up to 18, with more people missing.After Germany, Belgium was the hardest hit by the rains earlier this week that caused homes to be ripped away and roads to be turned into wild rivers running through the center of several towns.“The official confirmed death toll now stands at 18 and there are a great many missing,” Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told VRT network Friday.
- The number of people missing is estimated to be at 19.She said water levels on the Meuse river running into the Netherlands remains critical.“There are a number of dikes on the Meuse whether it is really touch and go whether they will collapse,” she said.___THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Flooding is affecting other parts of Western Europe after killing at least 110 people and causing destruction in Germany and Belgium.
- ADVERTISEMENTEmergency officials in the Netherlands are urging residents of homes close to a canal in the southern Dutch province of Limburg to evacuate swiftly after a canal dike burst.The South Limburg emergency services said Friday that a large hole has opened in the dike alongside the Juliana Canal, which runs near the swollen Maas river.Residents are being warned that four small settlements close to the canal “will very soon be underwater.”Heavy rainfall in Romania on Thursday night caused “unprecedented” flooding in a small western commune that required dozens of emergency workers to rescue people from damaged homes and cars.Alba County’s Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said in a statement Friday that no one died in Romania.